The battle to get into the top 10 will be as tight as ever with a mere $657 separating No. 10 from No. 11. The Symetra Tour has determined that the top five in the Volvik Race for the Card standings - No. 1 Dottie Ardina and No. 2 Ruixin Liu, No. 3 Linnea Strom, No. 4 Stephanie Meadow and No. 5 Elizabeth - have secured their LPGA Tour cards for 2019. Regardless of what they do this week they are safe and will finish in the top 10 on the money list. While, No, 6 Charlotte Thomas and No. 7 Pavarisa Yoktuan are likely to finish inside the top 10 after this weekend’s Symetra Tour Championship, it is still not a guarantee, so they’ll need another solid performance to secure their card..
Here is information on all five.
Dottie Ardina, Laguna, Philippines - She finished in the top 10 in six of 16 starts with six top-three finishes. She has not won this season, which makes her position atop the money list even more impressive. Ardina has five-second place finishes and ranks second on Tour with a 70.09 scoring average.
Ruixin Liu, Dalian, China - She has won twice on Tour this year, one of two players with two wins this season - the Island Resort Championship and the IOA Golf Classic. She has made the cut in 15 of 20 starts with five top 10 results including her two victories. The second-year member had a goal at the being of the season to finish inside the top-10, like her friend and fellow-China native Yu Liu, one of the 2017 Symetra Tour graduates. She did just that with her second victory last week at the IOA Championship in Longwood, Florida.
Linnea Strom, Hovas, Sweden - She captured her only victory at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge. She has five top 10 finishes. The rookie from Sweden was a member of the 2017 NCAA National Champions team while at Arizona State University. She looks to join fellow ASU alumnae and countrywoman, Anna Nordqvist, on the LPGA Tour next season.
Stephanie Meadow, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland - She won her first Symetra Tour event in just her second start of the season at the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. Meadow has made the cut in 17 of 20 starts with eight top 10 results including one victory.
Elizabeth Szokol, Winnetka, Illinois - She won the IOA Invitational and has six top 10 results on the season. The second-year member has 12 career top 10s and finished at No. 16 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings in her first year on Tour.